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Cape Schanck offers stunning landscapes; the mystery of dramatic volcanic features, unspoilt and wild beaches and scenic walking tracks with spectacular ocean views. It is also a site of rich European history with its heritage listed lighthouse precinct.
Follow the walking track from the carpark towards the Cape. This short circuit walk takes visitors to the start of the wooden staircase and boardwalk which descends to the beach and rock platform. Several lookouts have spectacular views over the geological formations called Pulpit Rock and the Devils Desk which were created over millions of years. Please take care on the rock platform as large unexpected waves may wash across the rocks.
The 2.6km Bushrangers Bay Track departs from the car park, providing some of the best coastal scenery near Melbourne. A guide to this nature walk is available at the Cape Schanck kiosk for a small fee.
The lightstation includes a lighthouse, museum and former lighthouse keeper's residence. The buildings were constructed from 1859 and are an excellent example of the architecture of the day. Built in 1859 from local limestone with its unique lantern, the lighthouse provides spectacular views of the Southern Peninsula coast and Bass Strait from the balcony.